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Indian Country awaits outcome of final cases on Supreme Court docket
Indian Country awaits outcome of final cases on Supreme Court docket (April 15, 2019)

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation's sovereign boundaries and the Crow Tribe's treaty rights are at stake before the highest court in the land.


Makah Nation once again asks for approval to exercise treaty whale hunting rights
Makah Nation once again asks for approval to exercise treaty whale hunting rights (April 4, 2019)

The Makah Nation is the only tribe with a treaty-guaranteed right to hunt whales but hasn't been able to exercise those rights in 20 years.


YES! Magazine: Tribes forced to adapt ways of life due to climate change
YES! Magazine: Tribes forced to adapt ways of life due to climate change (April 1, 2019)

Climate change is already damaging Indigenous ways of life. But tribes are adapting.


Yakama Nation makes major impact with decision in treaty rights case
Yakama Nation makes major impact with decision in treaty rights case (March 26, 2019)

For the fifth time, the U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed Yakama Nation rights under the 1855 treaty with the United States.


Fawn Sharp: The attack on the Indian Child Welfare Act cannot stand
Fawn Sharp: The attack on the Indian Child Welfare Act cannot stand (March 21, 2019)

Native children benefit from knowing their heritage. Why attack a system that helps them?


Tulalip Tribes elect Teri Gobin, daughter of longtime leader, as new chairwoman
Tulalip Tribes elect Teri Gobin, daughter of longtime leader, as new chairwoman (March 20, 2019)

The Tulalip Tribes has a woman serving as chair for the only second time in history.


Gavin Clarkson: Indian Country should thank Donald Trump for Justice Gorsuch
Gavin Clarkson: Indian Country should thank Donald Trump for Justice Gorsuch (March 20, 2019)

President Donald Trump has elevated a new champion for Indian Country to the Supreme Court.


Supreme Court delivers slim victory in Yakama Nation treaty rights case
Supreme Court delivers slim victory in Yakama Nation treaty rights case (March 19, 2019)

The Yakama Nation is celebrating after the tribe's treaty rights were confirmed by the highest court in the land.


'They are not your children': Future of Indian Child Welfare Act in hands of appeals court
'They are not your children': Future of Indian Child Welfare Act in hands of appeals court (March 14, 2019)

Tribal leaders are expressing hope after judges on a federal appeals court questioned the attacks on the Indian Child Welfare Act.


Bipartisan public lands bill includes provisions benefiting Indian Country
Bipartisan public lands bill includes provisions benefiting Indian Country (February 28, 2019)

A 698-page bill that helps tribes and Alaska Natives is on its way to President Trump for his signature.


AUDIO: Sen. Maria Cantwell on Trump nominee and tribal sovereignty
AUDIO: Sen. Maria Cantwell on Trump nominee and tribal sovereignty (February 26, 2019)

A Trump nominee who has repeatedly advocated against tribal interests is up for a lifetime appointment to a key federal appeals court.


Colville Tribes announce expulsion of council member for alleged intimidation
Colville Tribes announce expulsion of council member for alleged intimidation (February 21, 2019)

A leader of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation has been removed from office.


Lorraine Loomis: Court decision represents a win for salmon
Lorraine Loomis: Court decision represents a win for salmon (January 30, 2019)

The state of Washington has a duty to protect habitat so that salmon are available for tribes to exercise our treaty rights.


Mark Trahant: Tribes urged to assert sovereignty over climate change
Mark Trahant: Tribes urged to assert sovereignty over climate change (January 30, 2019)

Fawn Sharp has a message for big oil: Time’s up.


'Our lives don't matter': Native women demand action for missing sisters
'Our lives don't matter': Native women demand action for missing sisters (January 25, 2019)

Efforts are building across the nation to address the crisis of missing and murdered Native women.


Swinomish Tribe prepares for appeals court hearing in oil train lawsuit
Swinomish Tribe prepares for appeals court hearing in oil train lawsuit (January 24, 2019)

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will be hearing arguments in a dispute between the Swinomish Tribe and rail company in Washington state.


Mark Trahant: Impact of shutdown on Indian Country continues to mount
Mark Trahant: Impact of shutdown on Indian Country continues to mount (January 23, 2019)

'We are in a cash-flow crisis,' the chairman of the Red Lake Nation said as tribes and Indian organizations endure another week of the government shutdown.


Supreme Court takes up another Indian law case with few on the horizon
Supreme Court takes up another Indian law case with few on the horizon (January 8, 2019)

The nation's highest court has delivered good news to tribes whose sovereign rights were being challenged.


Religion News Service: Lummi Nation fights for return of relative
Religion News Service: Lummi Nation fights for return of relative (December 17, 2018)

The Lummi Nation won’t give up until Tokitae, a whale held in captivity since 1970, is back in her ancestral waters.


Indian Country bills face time crunch as Congress winds down
Indian Country bills face time crunch as Congress winds down (December 14, 2018)

Time is running out for tribes to see action on their legislative agenda as lawmakers prepare to wrap up the 115th session of Congress.


New law opens the door for distilleries in Indian Country
New law opens the door for distilleries in Indian Country (December 13, 2018)

A nearly 200-year-old ban on the manufacture of liquor on tribal lands has been repealed by Congress.


Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe seeks to name clamming grounds
Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe seeks to name clamming grounds (December 6, 2018)

The Washington Committee on Geographic Names will be taking action on the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe's request to name Littleneck Beach.


Congress sends two more Indian Country bills to Trump
Congress sends two more Indian Country bills to Trump (November 28, 2018)

The Republican-controlled Congress continues to play catch-up when it comes to Indian Country's agenda in the Trump era.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance more bills
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance more bills (November 26, 2018)

Three symbolic resolutions and three substantive bills are advancing as the clock winds down on the 115th Congress.


Samish Nation celebrates approval of land-into-trust application
Samish Nation celebrates approval of land-into-trust application (November 20, 2018)

It took more than eight years but the Samish Nation has finally secured approval of a land-into-trust application in Washington state.


Tribes see setback in caribou reintroduction efforts in Lower 48
Tribes see setback in caribou reintroduction efforts in Lower 48 (November 12, 2018)

The South Selkirk Mountains caribou herd is down to just six animals.


Election Day: #NativeVote18 races to watch across the nation
Election Day: #NativeVote18 races to watch across the nation (November 6, 2018)

Election Day is finally here and Native candidates across the nation are hoping to secure victory at the polls in what has become a landmark year for the Native vote.


Leader of Yakama Nation denied entry into Supreme Court hearing
Leader of Yakama Nation denied entry into Supreme Court hearing (October 30, 2018)

Chairman JoDe Goudy of the Yakama Nation was barred from the Supreme Court because he was wearing a headdress.


Mark Trahant: Ballot initiatives impact tribal communities in big ways
Mark Trahant: Ballot initiatives impact tribal communities in big ways (October 30, 2018)

There are a lot of reasons for Native voters to get the polls in Alaska, Idaho, Montana and Washington.


Yakama Nation treaty rights case lands at Supreme Court
Yakama Nation treaty rights case lands at Supreme Court (October 29, 2018)

Leaders of the Yakama Nation are asking for Indian Country's support as the Supreme Court hears its first tribal case..


Congress sends bill with pro-tribal provisions to President Trump
Congress sends bill with pro-tribal provisions to President Trump (October 15, 2018)

Congress went on break last week but not before sending another pro-tribal bill to President Donald Trump.


Bill planned to address missing and murdered Native women
Bill planned to address missing and murdered Native women (October 11, 2018)

Two lawmakers in Nebraska are working to address the crisis of missing and murdered Native women.


Supreme Court gains new member as Trump's shadow looms large in Indian cases
Supreme Court gains new member as Trump's shadow looms large in Indian cases (October 9, 2018)

Opposition in Indian Country wasn't enough to derail President Trump's controversial nominee to the Supreme Court.


Tulalip Tribes lose decision in closely-watched dual taxation case
Tulalip Tribes lose decision in closely-watched dual taxation case (October 5, 2018)

Should states and counties be able to tax businesses in Indian Country? One federal judge says yes.


Indian law professors join campaign against Brett Kavanaugh
Indian law professors join campaign against Brett Kavanaugh (October 4, 2018)

Republicans in the Senate are moving forward with a final vote on Brett Kavanaugh after receiving the results of an FBI investigation.


Supreme Court opens new term with major Indian law cases on docket
Supreme Court opens new term with major Indian law cases on docket (October 1, 2018)

The U.S. Supreme Court is back in session as Indian Country awaits the fate of controversial nominee Brett Kavanaugh.


Bureau of Indian Affairs awards contracts for new tribal schools
Bureau of Indian Affairs awards contracts for new tribal schools (September 25, 2018)

Two tribal communities will be getting new schools thanks to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


Supreme Court takes up Indian law petitions amid major controversy
Supreme Court takes up Indian law petitions amid major controversy (September 24, 2018)

With a high-stakes nomination in doubt, the Supreme Court is preparing for a term that's already going to be a busy one for tribal interests.


Born to Ride: Young Lakota horse racer heads to championship
Born to Ride: Young Lakota horse racer heads to championship (September 21, 2018)

Karlee Witt, from the Pine Ridge Reservation, has grown up around horses her whole life.


Tribal leaders stand up to corporations on climate change
Tribal leaders stand up to corporations on climate change (September 19, 2018)

Tribes will ramp up efforts to hold corporations accountable for climate change after the energy industry invested another $5 million to stop their campaign.


Colville Tribes win big in effort to keep homelands safe
Colville Tribes win big in effort to keep homelands safe (September 17, 2018)

The Colville Tribes are celebrating after securing a huge victory against the world's largest mining company.


Tribes consulted on first-ever count of missing Native women
Tribes consulted on first-ever count of missing Native women (September 17, 2018)

The state of Washington isn't waiting on the federal government to do something about the Native women who go missing every year.


'We still have a lot of work to do': Tribes unite as lawmakers promise action
'We still have a lot of work to do': Tribes unite as lawmakers promise action (September 13, 2018)

Indian Country saw a busy day on Capitol Hill, with lawmakers passing four bills as tribal leaders discussed major issues and controversies.


Treaty tribes fight for strong water quality standards
Treaty tribes fight for strong water quality standards (September 12, 2018)

Treaty tribes believe a pollution-based economy is not sustainable. No price can be placed on the value of human health or the resources that sustain us.


Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe decries desecration of human skull
Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe decries desecration of human skull (September 10, 2018)

'The remains of our ancestors are sacred,' the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe said as authorities investigated the desecration of a human skull.


Indigenous farmworkers fight for fair working conditions
Indigenous farmworkers fight for fair working conditions (August 30, 2018)

Farmworkers created an organic co-op that guarantees fair wages and healthy working conditions while preserving indigenous heritage.


Zoe Higheagle Strong named to Washington State University tribal position
Zoe Higheagle Strong named to Washington State University tribal position (August 29, 2018)

Zoe Higheagle Strong, a citizen of the Nez Perce Tribe, is assuming a high-profile role at Washington State University.


Indian Country awaits busy season at Supreme Court amid big change
Indian Country awaits busy season at Supreme Court amid big change (August 15, 2018)

The Supreme Court might get a new justice soon but it's not clear whether Brett Kavanaugh understands tribes and their issues.


Yakama Nation business loses treaty claim in taxation case
Yakama Nation business loses treaty claim in taxation case (August 14, 2018)

A tobacco manufacturer on the Yakama Nation is on the hook for almost $58 million in federal taxes after losing a treaty rights case.


Tulalip Tribes are latest to join retail marijuana industry
Tulalip Tribes are latest to join retail marijuana industry (August 10, 2018)

'This isn't your average neighborhood cannabis store,' the Tulalip Tribes said of their new venture in Washington state.


A 'banana republic' no more? Nooksack Tribe claims turnaround on disenrollment drama
A 'banana republic' no more? Nooksack Tribe claims turnaround on disenrollment drama (August 7, 2018)

The Nooksack Tribe is claiming victory in a long-running disenrollment dispute after a judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by a group of ousted citizens.


Man dubbed 'tribal' activist by media arrested for sexual assault
Man dubbed 'tribal' activist by media arrested for sexual assault (July 26, 2018)

Redwolf Pope, a man described in the media as a 'tribal' or 'Native' activist, has been arrested on sexual assault charges.


Muckleshoot Tribe debuts marijuana outlet with drive-through window
Muckleshoot Tribe debuts marijuana outlet with drive-through window (July 19, 2018)

The Muckleshoot Tribe has joined the marijuana industry with a unique retail outlet.


Native comedian confronts audiences with jokes about genocide
Native comedian confronts audiences with jokes about genocide (July 18, 2018)

A citizen of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, Howie Echo-Hawk has been making people laugh all his life.


Tribal leaders step up to hold corporations accountable for climate change
Tribal leaders step up to hold corporations accountable for climate change (June 25, 2018)

Tribal leaders are stepping up to pass a ballot initiative that aims to hold corporations accountable for climate change.


Supreme Court delivers bad news to tribes as term draws to a close
Supreme Court delivers bad news to tribes as term draws to a close (June 25, 2018)

The nation's highest court won't be letting Indian Country rest over the summer.


Bill to repeal old ban on distilleries in Indian Country gains steam
Bill to repeal old ban on distilleries in Indian Country gains steam (June 18, 2018)

Bipartisan efforts to repeal an outdated ban on distilleries in Indian Country continue to gain momentum on Capitol Hill.


Colville Tribes enter second year of hemp production with bigger grow
Colville Tribes enter second year of hemp production with bigger grow (June 18, 2018)

The Colville Tribes are expanding their hemp operation in Washington state.


'A fantastic day for Indian Country': Treaty tribes celebrate Supreme Court victory
'A fantastic day for Indian Country': Treaty tribes celebrate Supreme Court victory (June 12, 2018)

Tribes in Washington state are rejoicing after the nation's highest court upheld a decision in favor of their treaty rights.


Treaty tribes score unusual victory in closely-watched Supreme Court case
Treaty tribes score unusual victory in closely-watched Supreme Court case (June 11, 2018)

A closely-watched treaty rights case has resulted in victory for tribes but the nation's highest court was so divided that it was unable to reach a decision.